Spaniards believe that traveling is a benefit for their mental health

MADRID, 13 Jun.

Spaniards believe that traveling is a benefit for their mental health


Almost all Spaniards believe that traveling has a therapeutic power for their health and considers that doing activities such as cultural or adventure visits, or practicing relaxation tourism are sources of well-being for their present and future health, according to a study carried out by the eDreams travel agency, which ensures that those who value traveling the most are the youngest.

The emergence of COVID-19 definitively put the importance of mental health and its care on a social, health and even political level.

Since then, a more in-depth analysis has been carried out on which factors influence people's emotional well-being, and traveling, as a formula for breaking with the daily routine, is one of the most popular.

In an analysis carried out by the online travel agency eDreams, among 10,000 people from all over the world, those surveyed consider that traveling has a very positive impact on their mental health.

Globally, 92% of the sample rated traveling as positive in this regard, with Mediterranean countries even holding their holidays in higher esteem. In the specific case of Spain, 97% value vacations as a benefit for their mental health.

By age, young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are the travelers who give the most weight to traveling in their mental health (99%), compared to adults between the ages of 35 and 44 (96%). Regarding gender, women value it more than men (98% vs. 96%). 77% of them consider it very positive, compared to 73% of men.

The analysis delves into the particular activities that travelers consider to be the main sources of psychological and emotional well-being during vacations.

Spaniards give special importance in this aspect to sightseeing and visiting the destination (46%), followed by relaxing and disconnecting (40%), doing adventure activities (21%) and practicing sports or listening to music (18%).

Other less popular, but also relevant for the well-being of tourists, are reading (16%), meeting new people (12%), practicing yoga and meditation or going out to party (7% in both cases).

By age groups, adults from 55 to 64 years of age are the ones who most value tourism as a therapeutic activity for their mental health (58%), as opposed to young people from 18 to 24 years of age (34%). This group of age, however, especially values ​​adventure activities (27% compared to 7% of adults). Younger people also enjoy listening to music (27% vs. 10%) or meeting new people (19% vs. 15%).

By gender, men advocate sports (25% vs. 13%), while women enjoy practicing yoga or meditation (10% vs. 5%), although both groups agree on the therapeutic value of tourism (48% women vs. 43%). % them) and just relax (41% vs. 39%).

Globally, those surveyed also consider tourism (35%) as the second most beneficial activity for their mental health, although they prioritize relaxation (42%), and give importance to reading (19%) as the third activity with the best impact on your mental health while on vacation.